Iran, UN hold further nuclear talks

Iranian nuclear officials and a visiting team from the UN nuclear watchdog held a second round of talks today about Iran’s disputed nuclear programme.

Iran has offered to draw up an “action plan” to address Western suspicions that its nuclear programme is a front to obtain nuclear arms. Tehran says it needs nuclear technology only to generate power.

International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) deputy director general Olli Heinonen and other agency officials held a first round of talks yesterday with an Iranian team led by Javad Vaeedi, deputy to Iran’s chief nuclear negotiator, Ali Larijani.

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said yesterday Iran had no intention of suspending its uranium enrichment activity, as demanded by the UN Security Council.

The UN watchdog’s director general, Mohamed ElBaradei, has said Iran’s transparency offer combined with what the IAEA has said was a slowdown in Iran’s uranium enrichment work had raised hopes of defusing the dispute between Iran and the West.

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